Mizuno irons played by 5 of top 7 finishers at Dunhill Links

Plus JPX900 Tour irons add St Andrews old course record to US Open win

An incredible season on tour for Mizuno irons culminated in a dominant showing at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland -including a St Andrews Old Course record 61.

Five of the top seven finishers had Mizuno irons in play during the event – with only Luke Donald sponsored. Mizuno’s other sponsored player Chris Wood withdrew from the Championship with a wrist injury on Thursday morning.  The trend follows a recent Golf World survey of tour players which suggested that 36% would play Mizuno irons if there was no sponsorship money involved – far higher than any other manufacturer.

The staggering new course record of 61 at St Andrew’s was also recorded by one of the five, using a set of Mizuno JPX900 Tours. The same model used by this year’s US Open winner.

“After a few quieter years, Mizuno are right back as the hottest iron manufacturer on tour,” commented Alex Thorne, Mizuno Tour Operations Manager. “The obvious catalyst was a major manufacturer pulling out of the equipment market – but when you take money out of the equation, Mizuno tend to come out on top.”

“It’s a reward for sticking to Mizuno’s values over the years – revering the great craftsman like Turbo and maintaining our Grain Flow Forging expertise at Hiroshima. Years back people thought Mizuno was crazy for sticking with that traditional manufacturing method – now everyone wants forged irons again.  Now though Mizuno stands totally alone as the expert in forging.”

Pictures courtesy of  Golf Nation.

Luke Donald was the only Mizuno sponsored player at the Dunhill Links Championship. With a set of MP-18 blades and MP-18 Fli Hi 3 iron.

The JPX900 Tour irons are quickly becoming a Mizuno classic after their US Open win by a non sponsored player.

Mizuno’s MP-18 blades were designed by Mizuno’s revered craftsman Turbo – builder of Nick Faldo’s 6 major winning sets.

The JPX900 irons that shot 61 to break the St Andrews Old Course record.

Mixed sets of the new MP-18 iron models are increasingly popular on tour.

The majority of Mizuno irons in play currently come from non sponsored players.

Mizuno’s only other sponsored player Chris Wood pulled out before the event started. Woody would have played a set of MP-18 blades.